There’s a frightening amount of contaminants floating around the air in your home. You can’t always see them. But, chances are, you’ve unknowingly suffered as a result of the airborne irritants you’re breathing in — from dirt and dander to viruses and household toxins. Headaches, sneezing and other symptoms could all point to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) at home.
Fortunately, there are ways to fight back against these airborne intruders and improve your home’s IAQ. A little know-how and some highly effective devices are all it takes to cure most of the air quality issues you’ll encounter.
Air filters work by charging air particles to magnetize and trap dust mites, pollen, dander and other troublesome particles. But a simple, well-maintained filtration system might be the solution most homeowners overlook.
A MERV 11 filter offers powerful filtration without restricting airflow. Ideally, you should be changing a 1-inch filter every 30 days — but even a fresh filter once every six months can make a significant difference in your air quality.
These types of devices send out positive and negative ions which cluster airborne particles together. Their next step is to remove the hydrogen atom from living organisms that can harm you. This stops viruses and bacteria in their tracks to keep you safer with every breath.
Ionizers and purifiers can also catch and eliminate toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that get into your system from house paint, carpeting, dry cleaning and other household sources.
When you add humidity to these other air quality issues, it only makes matters worse. Excess humidity is notorious for encouraging microbial growth and mold spores inside ductwork and bathrooms throughout South Texas. Once this type of growth gets started, it’s hard to get under control — but a dehumidification system can keep you out of trouble right from the start.
As air rises through the air handlers, any debris that passes through will stick to the damp evaporator coil. This creates a breeding ground for mold, algae, and other nasty stuff that’s pretty gross to breathe in. Plus, the buildup chokes off the airflow, meaning your AC unit can’t cool down your home quick enough.
Proactive maintenance may be the best thing you can do for your home’s IAQ. That’s why we recommend getting your system professionally cleaned twice per year.
Whatever air quality problems you’re experiencing in your San Antonio home, the professionals at Tiger Services can help diagnose the issue and propose personalized solutions that work for you and your family.
Call or text us Tiger Services at (210) 344-0060 to book an Indoor Air Evaluation and get one step closer to fresher, cleaner air.